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Thursday 24 April 2014

Gardai dismiss two penalty point allegations

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan arriving for the meeting of the Oireachtas Committee on Justice,Defence and Equality at Leinster House yesterday.Pic Tom Burke 21/11/12
Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan. Photo: Tom Burke 21/11/12

Claims that a GAA personality escaped penalty points although he was caught speeding five times in one day have been dismissed by gardai.

The suggestions were made to the media by one of two whistleblowers, who have made a series of allegations of corrupt practice by senior garda officers in quashing penalty points against speeding offenders.

The whistleblower has presented details of his claims to the Dail Public Accounts Committee, who are due to discuss the controversy tomorrow.

Garda Commissioner Martin Callinan will give evidence to the committee at the meeting.

Senior officers said last night that the five speeding offences in one day were committed by a driver, who had the same name as the personality but was not connected to him.

They said gardai in the area had exercised their discretion because the man told gardai his house was flooded and he was attempting to repair the damage and save his belongings.

The whistleblower also claimed that penalty points had been cancelled for another speeding driver on the grounds that the car was undergoing an NCT test on a particular date in October 2012 but it had later been established that the car had not been tested on that date.

However, gardai said discretion was used after the manager of the NCT centre had written to them, confirmed the car was being tested and had offered to pay the speeding fine.

Two boxes of material were passed onto the garda authorities in the past 24 hours.

The contents were being studied by officers tonight in advance of tomorrow’s meeting.

Tom Brady

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